Integrated Arts in Utah Schools

Program Founded in 1993 by Art Access

Art Access provides meaningful and inclusive arts services in all art mediums to students ages 3-22 who receive special education services at Utah public schools, as well as other disability service venues. The service is available through our partnership with the Utah State Office of Education: Special Education Services Unit.

Educators and service providers collaborate with professional artists to create residency programs, festivals, or special projects as requested by individual schools, teachers or administrators from school districts and disability or cultural service organizations statewide.

Types of Arts Programming

Artist in Residency - A school or facility is paired with a professional artist who collaborates with educators to create or adapt a curriculum for a particular class or client group. All residencies must incorporate an inclusive element (serving students with and without disabilities) as well as an in-service training to ensure educators are able to continue the program within the classroom's art curriculum.

Special Projects - A school or facility is paired with a professional artist who collaborates with educators to plan an inclusive, larger scale art project with a class, grade or with multiple age groups. This program may include a section to train educators on ways to adapt inclusive arts into the classroom curriculum for students with disabilities.

Festivals - A school or facility organizes an inclusive celebration of the arts where various professional artists create projects with attendees and put on performances in a festival format.

Integrated Arts Program Proposal Information

This program's requirement of integration prescribes that students receiving special education services are integrated with students from their school's mainstream population.

Professional artists for the Integrated Arts Program are contracted from the Teaching Artists Roster of the Division of Arts and Museums, which includes well-trained and qualified artists who are able to work in various circumstances and with a wide range of age groups and abilities.

Proposal Deadline: April 30th of each year

Eligible Participants: children (3 to 22) receiving special education services

Integrated Arts Eligibility Inquiry Form: Please complete our online Integrated Arts in Utah Schools Inquiry Form. If you are eligible to apply for an Integrated Arts in Utah Schools program, an application form will be sent to you. If you are not eligible, our Programs Director will contact you with an explanation.

Project Dates: TBD by artist and facility (July 1 – June 30)

Program Allocations: $500 to $1,500 according to project need

2013/14 Integrated Arts in Utah Schools Program Sites:
• Bingham High School
• City Academy
• Davis School District (Special Education Festival)
• Decker Lake Youth Center
• Edison Elementary School
• Granite Elementary School
• Indian Hills Elementary School
• Jordan Valley School
• Kauri Sue Hamilton School
• Neighborhood House Day Care
• North Davis Preparatory Academy
• Primary Children's Behavioral Health Unit
• Rise Services, Inc.
• Riverton High School
• The Road Home
• South Valley School
• Utah Schools for the Deaf & the Blind:
     Jean Massieu School of the Deaf
     Kenneth Burdett School for the Deaf
     School for the Blind/Region 1
     School for the Blind/Region 2
     School for the Deaf/North Central Region
• Wasatch Youth Center
• West Jordan High School



Contact: To request information about proposal materials and requirements for your organization, please contact Amanda Finlayson at 801-328-0703, opt. 5 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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